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December 8, 2003

Contact: Patricia Adams

Leading Oncology Researcher to Join University of Maryland School of Nursing Faculty

Baltimore, Md. – Deborah B. McGuire, PhD, RN, FAAN, an internationally respected oncology researcher, will join the University of Maryland School of Nursing faculty in January 2004 as a professor in the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health. She will be responsible for coordinating the School of Nursing's oncology master's program, providing leadership and support to faculty and students, strengthening the research focus in oncology and gerontology, and increasing research opportunities in palliative and supportive care.

McGuire has an extensive research background investigating bio-behavioral interventions for cancer pain, occurrence, quality of life, treatment outcomes, and experiences of cancer patients and efficacy of cancer treatments. Her focus on oncology and palliative and supportive care demonstrates an awareness of research that is of critical importance worldwide.

McGuire comes to the School from her previous position as associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and as director of the Institutional NRSA (T32 NR 07036) Nursing Research Training: Psychosocial Oncology and HIV/AIDS. Prior to that position, she was the first holder of the Edith Folsom Honeycutt Chair in Oncology Nursing at Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. In 2002, she was a co-recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing's Pinnacle Award for Research Utilization. She was recently elected vice president of the International Society for Oral Oncology. McGuire also serves as a consultant to several pharmaceutical advisory boards and is a reviewer of psychosocial behavioral research grants for the American Cancer Society.

"We are happy to have someone of Dr. McGuire's caliber join our cadre of research faculty and help us advance our mission of research, teaching and practice," says Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, CS, FAAN, dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

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